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Boko Haram killers on horseback massacre nearly 80 in NE Nigeria

Kano - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback shot dead nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria's restive northeast at the weekend, a vigilante and residents told AFP on Monday.

Nigeria marks 500 days since schoolgirls seized by Boko Haram

Abuja - Relatives of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram marked 500 days since their abduction Thursday, with hope of their rescue dwindling despite fresh efforts to end the insurgency.

Suicide bombers kill soldier in NE Nigeria: vigilantes

Kano - Two suicide bombers killed a soldier at a checkpoint in Boko Haram's heartland in northeastern Nigeria, vigilantes helping troops in the fight against the jihadists told AFP on Wednesday.

Child bomber kills six in northeast Nigeria

Kano - A child bomber killed six people Tuesday outside a bus station in the heartland of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in northeastern Nigeria.

France offers to host international meeting on Boko Haram: Hollande

Paris - French President Francois Hollande offered Tuesday to organise an international meeting on tackling jihadist group Boko Haram that has killed thousands in Nigeria.

UN's Ban Ki-moon in Nigeria in wake of attack on army chief

Abuja - UN chief Ban Ki-moon began a two-day visit to Nigeria Sunday in the wake of a suspected Boko Haram ambush on the army chief, saying it was "a time of hope" despite the rise of extremism.

Nigerian army chief unharmed after suspected Boko Haram attack

Abuja - Suspected Boko Haram fighters ambushed a convoy carrying the head of the Nigerian army, the military said on Sunday, sparking a firefight in which 10 militants and a soldier were killed.

Death toll in Nigeria Boko Haram massacre rises to 160: locals

Kano - The number of villagers massacred by Boko Haram jihadists in a remote village in northeastern Nigeria rose to 160 on Wednesday, according to locals, amid official denials over the attack.

Boko Haram leader Shekau says he is 'still in charge'

Lagos - The leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram denied he had been killed or ousted as chief of the jihadist group in an audio recording released Sunday attributed to him by security experts.

Nigeria gives military three months to end Boko Haram attacks

Abuja - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari swore in a new set of military chiefs on Thursday, ordering them to end Boko Haram's bloody six-year Islamist insurgency within three months.

Nigerian granted divorce over wife's 'late meals'

Lagos - A Nigerian court granted a 57-year-old man a divorce after hearing that his wife often brought his meals to him too late in the evening, local media reported on Thursday.

Villagers describe horror of NE Nigeria market bombing

Kano - Nigerian villagers on Wednesday described the carnage unleashed by a huge blast at a market in jihadist group Boko Haram's northeastern heartland as the death toll rose to 50.

At least 47 dead in market bomb blast in NE Nigeria

Kano - At least 47 people were killed and dozens wounded in a bomb blast Tuesday in a part of northeast Nigeria frequently targeted by Boko Haram Islamists, a medical source and witnesses said.

'Strategy rethink needed' as Boko Haram shifts to suicide attacks

Libreville - A west African regional force set up to fight Boko Haram will need "local intelligence" to root out Islamic insurgents forced on the run by national army offensives, security experts say.

Suicide bombers spread fear of Boko Haram in Cameroon

Yaound - Empty streets, body searches and tips to police embody the fear that Boko Haram has instilled in northern Cameroon, where they killed more than 40 people in suicide bombings in July.

Boko Haram abducts 135, kills 8 in Cameroon raid

Yaound - Boko Haram militants kidnapped 135 people and killed at least eight others in a raid in northern Cameroon, as the Islamists continued to strike beyond their strongholds in neighbouring Nigeria, police and local sources said Wednesday.

Boko Haram 'under siege' as Nigeria rescues 178 hostages

Maiduguri - Nigeria's military said Monday it had "besieged" Boko Haram positions in the Islamist militant group's northeastern heartland after setting free 178 hostages, mainly women and children.

Boko Haram fighters kill 13 in attack in NE Nigeria: Witnesses

Maiduguri - Boko Haram fighters killed 13 people in an attack on Malari village in northeast Nigeria's restive Borno state early Sunday, witnesses said.

Benin sends 800 troops to fight Boko Haram

Cotonou - Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi announced he will send 800 troops to join a new multinational force tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants after meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari Saturday.

Nigeria attacks kill 16 as force chief promises to crush Boko Haram

Kano - A female suicide bomber and Boko Haram gunmen killed 16 people in Nigeria as the commander of a new multinational force tasked with fighting the Islamists pledged on Friday to crush the insurgency "very soon".

Over 100 militants killed in anti-Boko Haram operation: Chad army

Ndjame - At least 100 jihadist fighters have been killed in an operation against Boko Haram Islamists holed up on the islands of Lake Chad, the Chadian army said in a statement Friday.

Nigeria suicide bomber kills six as military hit Boko Haram hard

Kano - A female suicide bomber on a tricycle killed six people Friday in a new attack on a market in Maiduguri, witnesses said, as Nigeria and its neighbours finalise a force to fight Boko Haram.

Nigeria names head of regional force to fight Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigeria named the head of a new multinational force created to fight Boko Haram jihadists carrying out a wave of attacks, as the country's outgoing defence chief of staff warned its military was underfunded and poorly equipped.

Nigeria army frees more than 50 women, children held by Boko Haram

Maiduguri - Nigeria's army said Thursday it had set free 59 people held by Boko Haram, among them 29 women and 25 children, amid an ongoing offensive against the Islamist group in the country's restive northeast.

Boko Haram 'slits throats of 10 fishermen' near Lake Chad

Kano - Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman and a resident said Thursday.

Nigeria's Buhari in Cameroon to discuss Boko Haram fight

Yaound - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists.

Nigerian army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigeria's army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast.

Chadian forces in 'major' hunt for Boko Haram on Lake Chad

Ndjame - The Chadian army has launched a "major operation" to flush out Boko Haram jihadists from islands in Lake Chad, sparking violent clashes between soldiers and the Islamic State-affiliated group.

Nigeria beating polio, Africa closer to eradicating disease

Nigeria hit a major milestone — one year with no new polio cases. The country that had the greatest number of cases in the world is poised to eliminate the disease, which paralyzes children, from its borders.

Boko Haram blamed for killing 'at least 25' in NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - At least 25 people were killed in new suspected Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria, with many villagers also forced to flee their homes, residents said Saturday.
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